New girls coaches, sites wanted for Run for Vermont

Girls on the Run Vermont announced it is adding 16 new sites to its roster for the coming year, on a first-come, first-served basis. Site and coaching signups begin immediately and must be completed by Nov. 15.

Coaches may be school staff members-teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, principals, and paraprofessionals-as well as parents and community members. Girls on the Run provides an all-inclusive curriculum, it's not essential that coaches be runners, but they do need to be caring and compassionate role models.

Coaches must attend one training session and obtain adult CPR and first aid certification. Each site is required to have a minimum of two coaches at all times.

Girls on the Run is the umbrella organization for two fitness and health programs: Girls on the Run, for grades 3 through 5, and Girls on Track, for grades 6 through 8.

Girls on the Run Vermont has scheduled its two spring 5ks: northern Vermont's will take place Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction; southern Vermont's will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Brattleboro Union High School.

Information about coaching, trainings, and the program is available on the Girls on the Run Vermont website, www.girlsontherunvermont.org, or by calling 802-246-1476.

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